Amaju Pannick Credit: The NFF
  • Event: 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly
  • Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017
  • Venue: The headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
[/media-credit] NFF President Amaju Pannick Credit: The NFF

As the days get closer to the long awaited 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly that will culminate into elections for the different positions, candidates are busy politicking and lobbying the electorate.

At this rate, the different camps are soliciting the voters and inevitably the war of words can never be avoided.

President of Republic of Benin Football Association, Moucharafou Anjorin will take on Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the Nigeria Football Federation boss for the CAF Executive Committee post.

In the latest trend of events, Moucharafou has ridiculed his rival, tagging him “a small boy”.

In a radio interview by Radio Benin, Moucharafou was quoted;

Pinnick is a new comer, he has only two years of his mandate (as NFF president). It’s an election, and Pinnick is my small boy in African football.

Life is a school and we need to learn and respect ourselves. It’s a lie for Nigeria to dominate the region and the other countries to only support them.

You cannot use the big name of Nigeria to bully the other countries. They have been on the committee for 12, 14 years.

This is not their birth right. Nigeria should support me because I have supported the country. (Also) I’m a Yoruba man from Abeokuta, my older brother holds Nigerian nationality, and Benin and Nigeria are the same.

The CAF Elections will take place on March 16, when Ahmad Ahmad of Madasgascar will be looking to also get more votes than incumbent president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon.

Madagascar’s Football Federation President, Ahmad Ahmad will contest against the long serving Issa Hayatou for the ‘juicy’ CAF presidency.

Hayatou was elected to the role of CAF President in 1988 and if he wins again it will extend his reign to 33 years as head of African football’s governing body.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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